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War Witch (2012)

Rebelle (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 23 August 2012 (Netherlands)
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Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona, a 14-year-old girl, tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12.

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Kim Nguyen

Writers:

Kim Nguyen, Simon Trépanier (collaborating writer) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Mwanza ... Komona
Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien ... Commandant Rebelle
Serge Kanyinda ... Magicien
Ralph Prosper ... Le Boucher
Mizinga Mwinga ... Grand Tigre Royal
Diane Uwamahoro Diane Uwamahoro ... Narration (voice)
Jean Kabuya Jean Kabuya ... Entraineur Camp École
Jupiter Bokondji Jupiter Bokondji ... Sorcier Tigre Royal
Starlette Mathata Starlette Mathata ... Mère de Komona
Alex Herabo Alex Herabo ... Père de Komona
Dole Malalou Dole Malalou ... Trafiquant Coltan
Karim Bamaraki Karim Bamaraki ... Homme à la Moto
Sephora Françoise Sephora Françoise ... Mère de Boucher
Jonathan Kombe Jonathan Kombe ... Gendarme Gentil
Marie Dilou Marie Dilou ... Exorciseuse
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Storyline

Komona, a girl in Sub-Saharan Africa, tells the story to her unborn child about her kidnapping by rebels and forced to join their bloody civil war. When she discovers a valuable intuition about the presence of the enemy, she is elevated as a witch and favored by the rebel leader. However, this special status threatens to be short-lived in this world of superstition and senseless brutality even as the ghosts of the war dead haunt her visions. However, when a newfound friend convinces her to desert, Komona finds escaping that brutal life is far from easy with its physical and spiritual consequences following her wherever she goes. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Genres:

Drama | War

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The official entry of Canada to the Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »

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Sad War Drama
11 January 2013 | by billcr12See all my reviews

Rachel Mwanza is the war witch of the title, a twelve year old girl who is captured and turned into a child soldier by a violent rebel group fighting undefined government forces in an unnamed African country. Mwanza is quite good as Komona, a kid who has to grow up unnaturally fast. She becomes very proficient with an AK-47, and after surviving an ambush by the enemy, is given the name "war witch" by her leaders. She befriends a boy named the magician, and he looks like a young version of the former basketball player, Dennis Rodman, with platinum blond hair. The two fall in love and escape the rebel fighters, as the film shifts from a war drama to a love story for a brief time. Without giving away too much, there is no happy ending here, and ultimately the theme is just about survival at any cost. A ghost story aspect is part of the plot, a slight reminder of Toni Morrison's "Beloved", a similar mood is shared by the two movies. Rachel Mwanza makes "War Witch" worth it.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

French | Lingala

Release Date:

23 August 2012 (Netherlands) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Democratic Republic Of Congo See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,714, 3 March 2013

Gross USA:

$70,544

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$313,387
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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